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Orrin Hatch's wife Elaine was with him every step of his political career

Amber Peake April 24, 2022
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Long-time US senator Orrin Hatch, who represented Utah for more than four decades, has passed away aged 88. 

His death was confirmed in a statement by his foundation, which announced Hatch had died on Saturday, 23 April surrounded by family. 

Following news of the Utah senator’s passing, we find out more about his family life and Orrin Hatch’s relationship with wife Elaine. 

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Orrin Hatch’s wife Elaine 

Orrin Hatch’s wife Elaine Hansen hails from Newton, Utah, the state Hatch would go on to represent in Senate for more than four decades. 

Like her husband, Elaine is a Brigham Young University alum and the Utah college is actually where Orrin and Elaine first met. 

Desert News reports the BYU students first met during an astronomy class. The two hit it off and went on to tie the knot in 1957 after Orrin returned from a two-year mission to Ohio and Indiana. 

Elaine has lived away from the public eye over the years but, alongside her husband, is a member of the international advisory council at the International Center For Law And Religion Studies. 

Orrin and Elaine raised a large family – six children, 23 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. 

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Elaine was by his side throughout his political career

Throughout Orrin Hatch’s career as senator, Elaine was seen supporting her husband at his side during events. She also featured across Orrin’s social media pages in holiday greeting cards. 

Orrin has previously talked about how supportive his wife of more than six decades has been over the years during his political career.

As per Desert News, Orrin once admitted that “Elaine deserves as much credit for his career and accomplishments as he does.”

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Supporters send condolences to family 

Tributes to the late US senator have flooded social media as many supporters have sent their thoughts and prayers to Orrin Hatch’s wife Elaine and their family: 

We send our condolences to Orrin Hatch’s family at this difficult time. 

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.